Detached House   6 bedroom(s)   3 bathroom(s)   3 reception room(s)
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A magnificent former rectory situated comfortably within its plot in an extremely private and peaceful location. The property is Grade II listed and is thought to date back to the early 17th century and was subsequently extended in both the 18th and 19th centuries. A stunning variety of wonderful character features are on display from the various time periods of the property's construction. Impressive original fireplaces are complimented by exposed timbers giving a true sense of charm and warmth while features from Georgian and Victorian eras include large sash and bay windows, encaustic tiled flooring and high ceilings.
The property has enjoyed a rich and varied history throughout its existence and once played host to the 'Land Girls' of the Women's Land Army who were stationed at the rectory whilst farming in the local area to support the war effort. At one time it is reported that the property was converted into dormitories and living accommodation for up to 30 girls. More recently, the distinguished soldier General Sir Anthony Mullens was also a custodian of the property.
The Old Rectory has undergone further faithful restoration, extension and alteration since being acquired by the current owners 15 years ago. As a result of this work the property now provides an appealing combination of characterful features and modern convenience where required across approximately 10205.80 sq ft of accommodation. Of particular note is a state-of-the-art studio building which was newly constructed in 2017 and contains a wonderful 52' x 30' audio and video recording space with extremely high specification acoustic insulation and technology. Finished in a traditional Suffolk style with a black weatherboard exterior on a brick plinth the building lends itself to a wide variety of possible alternative uses including a wider range of media activities, as a home entertainment complex, as a home gymnasium, further accommodation or office space (subject to necessary permissions).
The property's grounds are outstanding and contain sprawling expanses of lawn, a beautiful natural pond, an enormous variety of mature specimen trees, and fenced paddocks which have previously been used to keep livestock. A range of useful outbuildings include a double garage, log store, a range of old stables and a plant room which contains a newly installed biomass boiler, together with a substantial wood chip store. A wonderful timber framed barn is thought to date back to the 16th century and offers the clear potential for conversion (subject to necessary permissions) and planning has already been granted to connect the music studio to the barn if required.
Front door leading to:-
ENTRANCE HALL: 17' 1" x 15' 11" (5.21m x 4.85m) A spacious and welcoming area with a Victorian encaustic tile floor which continues throughout much of the ground floor. Contemporary wood burning stove situated on a stone hearth with a bressumer beam over and a beautiful large sash window overlooking the property's grounds. Staircase rising to first floor, understairs storage cupboard off and further doors leading to:-
SITTING ROOM: 19'8" x 13'10" (5.99m x 4.22m) Exceptionally bright with a three part sash window overlooking the property's gardens. A particularly impressive inglenook fireplace with exposed mellow red brick chimney stack and large wood burning stove situated on a brick hearth. Picture rail throughout and recessed spotlighting.
DINING ROOM: 22'5" x 17'2" (6.83m x 5.23m) A room with magnificent proportions and a high-quality solid oak floor together with deep skirting, picture rail and 9'4" ceiling height. Ample space for large dining table and chairs adjacent to a striking floor to ceiling double hung sash window and open fireplace with a moulded wood surround.
STUDY/SNUG: 15'8" x 11'9" (4.78m x 3.59m) Currently utilised as a study but with the clear potential to be utilised as a further reception room if required. Feature fireplace with moulded wood surround and window with views over the property's side gardens. Picture rail throughout, deep skirting and recessed spotlighting.
BUTLER´S PANTRY: 12'1" x 5'0" (3.69m x 1.53m) With polished tiled flooring and original Victorian cabinetry, open fronted shelving and a butler sink mounted on a brick plinth with mixer tap above.
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: 27'11" (max) x 13'2" (8.51m x 4.02m) A wonderful room with a particularly sociable feel and a matching range of base and wall level units with polished granite worksurfaces incorporating a double stainless-steel sink with mixer tap above and drainer to side and a four-ring NEFF induction hob with granite splashback. A range of appliances include a two-door AGA range cooker with twin warming plates, space for a free-standing refrigerator, integrated NEFF dishwasher and microwave. Further integrated electric combination tower oven and a range of windows overlooking the property's grounds. Ample space for a breakfast table and chairs and a particularly fine oak door leading to:-
LARDER: With fitted shelving and further door leading to:-
PANTRY: North facing and therefore remaining particularly cool with a range of fitted shelving and partially wood panelled walls together with original Victorian slate slab.
UTILITY/BOOT ROOM: 15'5" x 11'7" (4.71m x 3.52m) With tiled flooring and vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers. Double-width butler sink situated on a brick plinth and space and plumbing for a washing machine and space for tumble dryer. Door leading onto gardens and opening leading to:-
INNER HALL: With tiled flooring and space for coats and shoes and door leading to:-
CLOAKROOM: With WC and wall mounted wash hand basin.
LOBBY: With staircase leading to second floor, exposed timbers and hatch leading down into:-
CELLAR: An excellent wine cellar with vaulted brick ceiling, light connected, brick and timber staircase, fitted wine racks and an exposed brick floor.
GALLERIED LANDING: With a cloakroom with WC and wash hand basin off a half landing. High ceilings and doors leading to:-
PRINCIPAL SUITE: 18'3" x 15'9" (5.57m x 4.80m) A wonderful master bedroom with twin sash windows overlooking the property's grounds. Picture rails, deep skirting and a range of fitted wardrobes. Door leading to:-
JACK AND JILL BATHROOM: 16'10" x 14'0" (5.12m x 4.26m) An exceptional size and containing a bath with tiled surround and mixer tap and showerhead attachment above, WC, bidet and three heated towel rails. Large double-width shower with a glass screen door and tiled surround, his-and-hers sinks with storage units below and a delightful feature fireplace with tiled slips and hearth and a moulded wood surround.
BEDROOM 2: 15'8" x 12'6" (4.78m x 3.81m) A lovely double room with a large sash window overlooking the property's gardens and a useful storage cupboard off. Feature fireplace with tiled slips and a moulded wood surround.
BEDROOM 3: 15'9" x 14'3" (into bay) (4.81m x 4.35m) A delightful bedroom with fitted wardrobes and far-reaching countryside views.
BEDROOM 4: 13'0" x 11'8" (3.95m x 3.55m) An ideal guest bedroom with picture rail throughout, pretty feature cast iron fireplace and a bay window with integrated seating and lovely views over the gardens in two directions.
DRESSING ROOM: 8'0" x 5'7" (2.43m x 1.70m)
BEDROOM 5: 12'0" x 8'8" (3.67m x 2.65m) A further bedroom with exposed timbers to the ceiling and views over the gardens.
SHOWER ROOM: 18'1" x 9'8" (max measurements) (5.51m x 2.95m) Particularly generous with a feature fireplace and a range of useful store cupboards off. Large corner shower with tiled surround and glass sliding doors, WC and wash hand basin with vanity suite below.
LANDING: With doors leading to:-
BEDROOM 6: 19'8" x 11'11" (5.99m x 3.63m) A delightful bedroom with dual aspect far-reaching views over open countryside.
ENSUITE: With WC, corner shower with tiled surround and contemporary wall mounted wash hand basin with tiled splashbacks and a heated towel rail.
COMMUNICATIONS ROOM: Neatly containing various electrics and category 5 cabling which runs throughout the property. The house has a direct fibre connection ("FTTP") which enables high-speed home office working.
LOFT ROOM: Exceptionally useful and extensive storage space which has been fully boarded. There is the additional benefit of a further unconverted loft space.
Outside The property is approached via a long sweeping gravel track which leads far back from the road down a tree-lined driveway and opens into a circus to the front of the house. The driveway in turn serves a:-
DOUBLE GARAGE: Of brick and timber construction with a partially weatherboarded exterior beneath a slate tiled roof. Twin double wooden doors open to reveal two garages for secure covered parking or garden equipment with power and light connected.
A further range of useful outbuildings include:-
LOG STORE: Open fronted with ample space for the storage of wood.
BIOMASS BOILER ROOM AND BIOMASS STORE: Recently created and neatly contained away from the main house. The boiler room contains a substantial eco-friendly biomass boiler generating 90kW which provides virtually instantaneous hot water and heating to the house, studio and with capacity to heat the traditional barn if required. Registered under the RHI non-domestic scheme, the installation benefits from RHI subsidy until 2035. The biomass store is capable of storing 8 tonnes of wood-chip.
UNCONVERTED BARN A wonderful timber framed barn finished with a black weatherboarded exterior beneath a clay pantile roof. While currently unconverted the building represents an exciting opportunity to convert the barn for a variety of potential uses including as superb annexe accommodation to the main house (subject to any necessary planning consent). Permission already exists to connect the barn with the music studio if so desired. A range of three stables, also in need of modernisation, would be well suited to contributing to increased floor space for any potential conversion.
GROUND FLOOR AREA 33'9" x 28'2" (10.29m x 8.58m) A wonderful space with exposed timbers and a central inglenook fireplace with exposed red brick and oak bressummer over.
GALLERY: 19'9" x 9'1" (6.03m x 2.78m) Forming a mezzanine level above the main part of the barn and accessed via an internal staircase.
TRACTOR SHED: 18'10" x 9'1" (5.75m x 2.77m) Situated beneath the gallery and providing useful storage for garden equipment.
STUDIO BARN AND OFFICES Constructed in 2017 by the current owners to the highest possible standard the building contains an incredibly impressive studio with video and audio recording facilities and acoustics which have been expertly designed by renowned acoustician Bob Essert of Sound Space Vision.
ENTRANCE HALL: With stunning 26'2" (7.97m) ceiling height and doors leading to:
STUDIO 52'11" x 30'7" (16.14m x 9.33m) With vaulted ceiling, comprehensively sound proof and acoustically insulated.
KITCHEN: 9' 3" x 8' 4" (2.82m x 2.54m)
CLOAKROOMS: Two cloakrooms each with W.C. and wash-hand basin.
CONTROL ROOM: 13'1" x 12'2" (3.98m x 3.71m)
OFFICE: 17' 0" x 8' 6" (5.18m x 2.59m)
LIBRARY: 17' 0" x 8' 6" (5.18m x 2.59m)
THE GARDENS The gardens contain a wonderful variety of mature specimen trees which ensure a high degree of privacy. Large open expanses of lawn are interspersed with colourful well-stocked flowerbeds as well as a particularly attractive natural pond.
A pretty orchard contains a wide array of fruit trees including apple, pear and plum. A portion of the grounds have been fenced off to provide secure paddocks for livestock but which can easily be reincorporated into formal gardens.
In all approx. 6 acres.
SERVICES: Main water and drainage. Main electricity connected. Heating via radiators and hot water fuelled by Biomass boiler. NOTE: None of these services have been tested by the agent.
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